SOFO Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

Tue to Sat: 10am-5pm     Sun: 2pm-5pm

01993 810 210

About SOFO

"Find out who's behind the Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum"

SOFO Staff

Museum Director: Ursula Corcoran

I joined SOFO in June 2012 as its first Museum Director. Having lived and worked in the USA followed by gaining an MA (Distinction) at Goldsmiths in Performance, I have managed a variety of capital arts complexes including the creation of Rhodes Arts Complex and Museum in Bishop's Stortford. Retraining as a lecturer while my children were young, I have a keen interest in making SOFO as accessible as possible to all potential users, whether as visitors or student curators! I hope the museum reflects the energy which the original team put into it and continues to attract stories from across the county.

Education and Outreach Officer: Vicki Wood

Vicki joined the team in November     2013. She had previously worked at the joint museums education service for the Oxford University museums and collections. She brings a wide range of skills and expertise to the role and is responsible of our education and outreach programmes and projects. 

Administration Assistant: Sue Cross

Sue joined us in January 2013. Sue got involved in the project via her husband Mike Cross one of our most dedicated volunteers. She is responsible for the day to day running of the museum and pretty much organises everything. We would be lost without her.

Front of House Assistant: Brianna Openshaw BA (Hons)

I emigrated from Connecticut in the US in 2000 when I was 10 years old.  I've been working at RAF Brize Norton as AirTanker cabin crew for the past three years which has taken me to remote places like the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island.  My passion for Imperial Russian History led me to a BA Joint Hons degree in History and American Studies at York St John University, and furthermore to this job.  When I'm not flying I love cooking, running and seeing friends.

Front of House Assistant: Rana Ibrahim

Salam! I am Rana, I have just joined SOFO working with front house staff. Archaeology is my first degree from Baghdad University, then I gained my MA Museum Studies degree from Newcastle University; During my museum career, I had the opportunity to work with objects and people together as paid and voluntary work until I had the chance to join Oxford University Museums and Collections as Education and Outreach trainee. After that I have been doing my educational programs in the school sector, my specialism is Arabic and Islamic collections. I like designing educational, fun activities and games for schools and family events.

Centenary Projects Manager: Stephen Barker MA

I am an independent Heritage Advisor currently working for Oxfordshire Museum Services, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and Oxford-Brookes University amongst others. I have curated and design exhibitions including several First World War Centenary projects. In 2012 I ran the national Europeana/Oxford University IT Great War Collections Day in Banbury. Until 2011, I worked at Banbury Museum and was a trustee of the Battlefields Trust, working on HLF projects. In 2009, I had published 'Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes' - a history of the 8th East Lancs in the Great War. I completed an MA (Distinction) in Museum Studies at Leicester University in 2011.

Stephen is also a member of SOFO's Academic Advisory Board.

Collections Assistant: Melissa Kozlenko BA (Hons)

I am originally from Canada but immigrated in October 2008. Previously I obtained a Classics degree in Ancient Art and Architecture from Brock University in Ontario. However, after arriving in the U.K., I started volunteering for the Essex Regiment Museum and quickly fell in love with military history. From there I began furthering my museum education and became heavily involved in the regimental collections. I later became employed by the Chelmsford Museum Service (which holds the Essex Regiment Museum and its collections). I enjoyed my time there until I was fortunate enough to take this vocation for SOFO! In my spare time I enjoy fencing, dancing, sewing and playing guitar.